Oct 04

Has Olivia Chow Sold-Out To The Chinese Dictatorship? (Feat. #OccupyCentral)

Olivia Chow: "We have to go out and sell ourselves..."

Olivia Chow: “We have to go out and sell out ourselves…”

If you’ve been following the news you’re probably aware of the large-scale demonstrations happening in Hong Kong. Occupy Central With Love And Peace is a civil disobedience campaign formed in March, 2013; their goal is to fight for the right of Hong Kongese to have a free and unbridled democracy. On August 31st the Chinese government announced they’ll allow direct elections by 2017- but there was one exception, voters would only be allowed to chose from a list of pre-approved candidates. Since then, the situation has gradually escalated to where thousands of people are on the streets today.

Despite the many differences between Toronto and Vancouver’s upcoming municipal elections, there’s one thing they have in-common. Both cities have women with Chinese backgrounds running for Mayor. Toronto’s Olivia Chow was born in Hong Kong, and her Vancouver counterpart Meena Wong was born in Mainland China. Also in common is that both were active with the federal NDP. They’ve also been quite close, Wong was Chow’s personal assistant from 1999-2002.

But despite the mayoral hopeful’s similarities, there’s one significant difference. As explained in a story in today’s Globe And Mail Wong has now gone public- speaking out in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. So, what happened with Olivia Chow?

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Oct 04

Unifor Demonstrates Disingenuous Support For People With Disabilities At #GoodJobs Summit

Michael Rosenberg (with NDP MP Libby Davies in the background)

Michael Rosenberg (with NDP MP Libby Davies in the background)

Late on Friday night a friend gave me a heads-up that I should have a look into the Good Jobs Summit being held at Ryerson University. The event is led by Canada’s newest union indigenous voice appropriators Unifor, the infamous Canadian Federation of Students, the Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives (who gave an award to violence-promoting bully Harsha Walia), and Ryerson’s CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy (whose leader Winnie Ng enthusiastically promoted a con-artist who’s been abusing indigenous communities for many years).

Having a good understanding of the organizer’s dangerous hypocrisy I figured I’d check it out and see what sort of entertainment Unifor had in store for me. Unfortunately, the video wasn’t as entertaining as it was disturbing. Right in the middle of a many conversations about respecting and working with people who have disabilities, the facilitator steamrolled over a friend of mine who has one.

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Oct 02

Stanford Law School Awards $100K To Anti-Oil Hypocrite (Feat. Art Sterritt & Calvin Sandborn)

Art Sterritt parking his shiny BMW at a Vancouver anti-oil protest

Art Sterritt parking his shiny BMW at a Vancouver anti-oil protest

Art Sterritt is the leader of the Coastal First Nations, an indigenous fronted NGO that’s received millions of dollars of grants from the TIDES Foundation, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Betty Moore Foundation. Business must be good these days, and as they say, money corrupts. Earlier this year Sterritt was caught parking his shiny late model BMW to an oil protest.

Sterritt was at (fellow foundation grant recipient) Stanford University Law School today where he was given the Bright Award, an annual event giving a $100,000 cheque to an “individual who has made significant contributions in the environmental preservation and sustainability area.” Sounds like a good time to upgrade to an Aston Martin!

Speaking to a reporter in the New York Times about an hour ago (their story has yet to be published), Sterritt explained how he was recommended for the award by University of Victoria law professor Calvin Sandborn- the director of UVIC’s Environmental Law Centre. Sandborn has an interesting history.

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Sep 29

Pan-Am Games: Did Peter Munk Just Flip A Bird At The Anarchists? (Feat. Sakura Saunders)

Bye-bye Sakura, See You're Friends Behind Bars!

Bye-bye Sakura, See Your Friends Behind Bars!

If you’ve not already heard the news, Peter Munk retired from Barrick Gold this year. Depending which side of the fence you sit on, Monk is either a great Canadian businessman and philanthropist- or Toronto’s version of Mr Burns. Monk is so hated by Toronto’s militants they’ve created campaigns that not only attacked his business, but his philanthropy too.

If there’s a list of people who hate Peter Munk, one person stands out from the crowd. Sakura Saunders attacked Monk wherever she could-  outside of Barrick Gold AGMs, on-campus at the University of Toronto, and on exotic far-away trips funded by undisclosed sources. And wherever she goes, Sakura yells and screams at the top of her lungs often parading a line of trophy activists from far-away lands or nearby reserves.

A story was released today that was so perfectly coincidental it leaves one wondering. Barrick Gold has become the official supplier of metal for medals at the 2015 Pan-Am Games. Barrick Gold has, in effect, handed Saunders what could be her most powerful rallying cry.

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Sep 29

Toronto Lawmaker Hires G20 Lawbreaker Who Rejects The Legal System (Feat. Shelley Carroll)

Shelley Carroll: Anarchist fetishist or useful idiot?

Shelley Carroll: Anarchist fetishist or useful idiot?

On March 21, 2010, a group of city councillors gathered for an in-camera meeting to discuss the city’s plan to build a temporary police holding facility during the G20. City councillors Shelley Carroll and Adam Vaughan were reported as deciding that a single location would be a better solution. Vaughan was influenced by conversations with activists who attended the 2001 riot at the Quebec City Summit of the Americas saying “They didn’t know there was a detention centre, they didn’t know where it was located, they didn’t know how to get lawyers and support to that detention centre, and a whole series of issues around that.”

It was reported that when the Black Bloc anarchists started to smash up downtown Toronto that Shelly Carroll responded tweeting “Protest can’t stop consumerism at Yonge and Bloor, Off to Queen and Beav to watch Ghana Game!”. It was a strange response to criminals who were embarrassing Toronto on the world stage, and curiously devoid of criticism. The makeshift jail Shelley Carroll helped to create overflowed with prisoners- some arrested for entirely valid reasons, and 100’s of others using legally unsound mass arrest and kettling tactics. Surprisingly, 36 city councillors voted to commend the police for their behaviour.

Carroll and then Mayor David Miller “made the motion more palatable” by adding a clause calling for an investigation into the police. Carroll said it didn’t take too long after this incident to realize she made a mistake voting for the commendation- having risked emboldening rogue policemen. But Carroll’s call for a police investigation only addressed half of the problem. If Toronto is going to be successful avoiding a G20 replay during the Pan-Am Games, the city must also understand who the instigators were. Disturbingly, there’s no better place to start this investigation than Shelley Carroll’s city funded payroll.

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